Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Growums Review

Gift Guide Post #26

Hey Neighbors!

Here is a neat little gift.  It is called Growums.  (Add a little character to your garden.)  Now this is a nice gift idea!  What kids don't like to grow vegetables and such?  Growums are themed garden kits that will encourage your child through learning and fun!  Studies have shown that children who grow their own vegetables, are more likely to eat them!  I know my 11 year old daughter LOVES to grow things.  This year she had a few tomato plants, a green pepper plant, and one or two others.  Next year she is planning more!  Anyway, we received the Pizza Garden.  Yes, I said Pizza Garden!  It includes 8 Coco Pellets, 2 for Basil, 2 for Oregano, 2 for Pepper, and 2 for Tomato, you get a small packet of seeds (Basil, Oregano, Pepper and tomato) and 8 tags for labeling your plants.  The Coco Pellets are the little soil pods that expand when you add water.  You plant your seeds in these.
This is the container it comes in.

Here is what is included.
Now lest you think that all there is to this Pizza Garden is a few seeds, soil, and labels, let me tell you more.  Growums has a website that walks your child through the planting, growing and harvesting.  When you visit the site and register your child, you can then add their garden and it will ask them when they planted it and if they watered it etc.  They earn points for finishing each step.  There are also little videos to watch that walk your child through each step.  The vegetable characters on the website are vegetables and herbs, of course!  Games like, Weedy's Revenge, Bag a Bug, and So You Think You Can Grow, and other activities are included on the website.

You put these in a shallow dish and add water.
Growums Garden Kits run $9.99 and you can choose from the Pizza Garden Kit, like we received, or the Herb Garden, Salad Garden, Taco Garden, Stirfry Garden and Ratatouille Garden.  The Graden Kits are recommended for ages 5-12.  So, not only does this gift come with the ability for your child to grow vegetables and herbs, a great website they can learn on, but they can also eat what they produce.  And moms can help them create a pizza, salad, tacos, etc.  I think this is a great gift idea.  Be sure to visit their Facebook book page and "like" Growums, you also might want to follow them on Twitter.

They start to expand.

See them growing?

From Growums:

  • Gives children a life-changing experience, teaching them that they can grow their own food and help the environment, as well as emphasize the importance of healthy eating
  • Gives them gardening knowledge and shows them the skills it takes to become a successful gardener – no matter what their age
  • Gives kids a chance to have fun quality time with their parents, siblings and grandparents – both out in the garden, as well as online
  • Gives back to your organization, charity or fundraiser
We feel that by providing children with a remarkable experience to grow their own garden – along with the help of fun characters who coach them in a virtual world they can enjoy online – the kids will be attentive and successful in their real-life gardening adventures. My kids have done it, and so have the kids in my neighborhood. I can tell you from experience: The joy on their faces and the fun they had digging in the dirt – then eating what they grew – was immeasurable!
Come grow with us – and add a little character to your garden!
Michael A. Ferraro
Founder, Growums.com

Almost done.

Ready for seeds.
Now, we have planted ours, but we have not had enough time for you to see them grow.  We did watch a couple of the videos, and we played a game or two on their site. 

Here are some of the seeds.

Now we wait!5
Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this post.  I did receive a Growums Pizza Garden Kit.  All quotes are taken from the Growums website or email.  All thoughts and opinions are mine.

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